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Old 03-06-2015, 10:35 AM   #21
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The Patagonia Boot was completely redesigned this year. It is now got a much better fit and is 1000X more comfortable than the earlier model.The traction the bars are now set in to the sole. Very good for 98% of wading situations…..
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:15 AM   #22
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Thread bump!!! I did a search for "Wading Boots" and the newest thread was from 2015. Maybe some new products are out and some folks can provide their insight.

Here's my dilemma. Yesterday, my 15+ yr old Hodgman felt sole boots breathed their last. The shoe goo'd heals finally separated for good and the felt soles both sheared off. The boots were very good and I enjoyed their stability and support in the stream. However, it's time to put them out to pasture.

I'm not a hard core stream fisherman, but will use them several times a year. I don't hike into ponds/streams with them as I carry them or walk from a streamside parking lot. I usually wear them over a pair of Orvis lightweight waders with neoprene booties. I liked the felt soles, but am open to something else.

Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.

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Old 04-25-2019, 01:30 PM   #23
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I just bought a pair of felt sole Simms G3 boots. They are a solid product and very comfortable. Also expensive. Iím at a point in life where I want to be secure while wading and willing to put up with the one time pain in the wallet.

My son Thomas just bought a pair of Simms Freestone boots and is happy with them. The are easier on the wallet.
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:54 AM   #24
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I'd stick with felt. I think the controversy is mostly over. I went off it, but I read more and more that the danger isn't the felt, but the tongue and other soft areas of the boots.

I have hated almost every sole I've tried, ESPECIALLY the korker alumatrax. complete garbage. I think felt will give you the best overall footing. Korkers is a good option for the interchangeable soles, but the quality of the actual boot isn't great. I still use them though because of the sole options. I have a number of different soles and I interchange them depending on where I am fishing, huge plus.
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Old 04-26-2019, 01:45 PM   #25
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I totally agree with gmorin and VT… I also, tried the L.L.Bean Stealth rubber soles and Orvis`, almost killed myself many times…waste of money ,but I was concern with the spreading of that Rock Snot algae…now, I went back to felt soles again and love my Simms Guide wading boots. Great ankle support and excellent grip on all rock types. I also added Simms studs to them and increased my stream traction.I rinse them at home after each day out and dry them completely. Buy one good pair for more money than you want to spend, but won't need to buy another pair for many years.
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:51 PM   #26
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Thanks for the help folks! Looks like I'll stick with felt.

Now, to pry open the wallet and see how much spare change is floating around.
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